2011 Jaguar Xj
XJL SUPERCHARGED 470HP!
Automatic (6 Speed)
So we're happy to report that those looks didn't change when Mercedes-Benz decided to morph theCLS500 into the CLS550 for 2007. What did changethat new badge is a pretty big clueis the luscious V-8 planted beneath those equally luscious curves. The Benz's engine has jumped from 5.0 liters to 5.5 for 2007, and power's up a whopping 80 horsepower to 382. (Torque jumps by 52 pound-feet, to 391. Yowza.)
This 5.5 is full-fledged bombshell sent from heaven on a pillow made of pure awesome. With max torque on tap from 2800 rpm, there's ample thrust whenever you want it, so giddy right-foot stomps make your head snap back like a jab to the face. The numbers back up the whiplash: The CLS550 will boogie to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds and hit 100 mph in 11.6, figures 0.8 and 2.4 seconds quicker than the CLS500.
At idle, the engine's note isn't particularly notableit's quiet, composed, and civilizedso it isn't until you're in motion that the Benz gets busy with the business of sounding fantastic. And fantastic it is, although even at wide-open throttle, your ears aren't exactly pummeled by sound. The V-8's labors produce enough volume to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand at attention, but the sound remains refined by staying at some remove.
As before, the V-8 hooks to a seven-speed automatic that's as heartwarmingly capable as the engine itself. Gearchanges are smooth and fast. With seven gears, however, downshifting just one ratio often isn't enough to adequately perform the task at hand, whether it be passing, tackling a grade, or simply accelerating. This makes using the well-located steering-wheel paddles a frequent occurrence if you opt to shift for yourself, so we generally let the box do its own thing.
The CLS's E-class-based chassis is capable, and loads of grip are available from the fat tires. The standard Airmatic suspension offers three settings, all of which deliver a comfortable ride. In fact, the most-hard-core mode, Sport 2, is comfy enough that you would avoid using the other two for anything this side of rural Afghanistan.
The CLS isn't about sensible. It's about sensual. It's about emotional. It's about the kind of good looks that make you feel like a junior-high kid all over again, sweating and stammering in the presence of true beauty. You just might buy two.
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